My family of 4 (with boys 14 and 16) will be in arriving in Arenal (El Silencio del Campo) in the late afternoon after a (5 hour?) drive from MA. The first night we are planning on relaxing in the hotsprings at the hotel, and checking out the local town for dinner. The following 2 days we'd like to visit Rio Celeste, Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall. Other options include a hike at the National Park (worth it without lava flow?) and Cano Negro. I know we can't do it all, and perhaps we can do one of them the night we arrive.
We are doing a canopy tour in MA and also a guided tour in the park there, so I think that will be our highlight of animal viewing. Also, our hotel in MA is frequented by monkeys. So, that said, maybe Cano Negro is not worth it??
Last question is whether we should rent a car. With the cost of taxis to town for dinner and excursions, we might be ahead renting a car. This would only be for for Arenal portion though. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance!!